What type of snail is best?
I have a 55-gallon used tank that came with several snails. These suckers are the most ugly things I have ever seen: they have a long spirally shell and their mouth appendage looks like a movable arm that they swing all around themselves while hunting for algae.
What I really want is one giant snail to be my algae eater rather than the dozen or so little ugly things. I have a high ph and no live plants, though I would prefer one that does not eat live foliage in case I can ever get live plants in there. What type would anyone recommend? Will it produce offspring if I keep only one? What will it do to the other snails that are already present in the tank?
Well the only ones that are true "Algae Eaters" are Nerite Snails. Though they can be a good one they are not always available acclimated to fresh water. If you just want a big snail get a Mystery Snail. They will eat a little algae and they get pretty big and can be entertaining.
Of course if you really want a big snail a Cana Apple snail will be the biggest but you won't be able to have live plants.
Thanks for the info. I think I might go for the apple - I would like a giant snail so that I can keep track of it amidst the dense plants. And since I have fake foliage for now, it doesn't matter that it might eat live plants. I'll just move him if I ever do get real plants in there.
Just make sure oyu know which one you are getting.
Apple Snails come in two common forms:
Bridgessi which is the common mystery snail and gets to about the size of a golfball
Cana is the true apple snail and gets to the size of a softball.
please forgive the dumb question..............however
what is considered a soft ball,and is it bigger than a golf ball. ?
A golfball is about 2 inches across. A softball is 4 inches. May not seem like much until you see them in person. Cana's also only come in yellow and browns. Pomacea bridgesii comes in purples, pink, blues, golds....many choices.
thank you Trishfish,
that's something to consider if i ever want one.
Sorry, another way to look at it would Mysteries get to the size of plum and Cana get the size of a grape fruit.
that's a lot of snail.
4inches sort of sounded big,but when you compare it
withan actuall thing :shock:
Wow, that's huge! I will have to figure out just what I want/need. Maybe the mystery would be a good choice since - I think the cana will get too big for what I want.
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